I did get on the TV after all but only in the background of a shot – I’m driving a robot around with a joystick.

You can see it here. The relevant bit starts about 34 minutes in.

I ought to add that this video will disappear and be replaced by the latest edition of the show on Sunday the 21st.

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Slightly disappointing, I wasn’t interviewed in the end but I did have some of my robot progeny filmed with me in the background.  A colleague, Andy, did the interview instead.

What it came down to was that they only needed one person and Andy is more senior (he has his PhD) so he is more appropriate to represent the university on TV.  Better to have ‘Dr P…’ than ‘Student Bill’.

Shame, I was looking forward to that, but it was the right decision.

On the plus side, I now have some smart new trousers!